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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's pretty bad, there are typically robberies once a day

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Can be a little sketchy at night

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe, for the most part

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's not the actual campus that isn't safe, it's the location of it. Norfolk is not a good area, the neighborhoods are filled with students and locals, and the locals make ODU seem like the worst when it comes to safety. ODUPD could do a little better as well. They never respond to anymajor crime on time EVER.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think the campus is a pretty safe place. I know that I have walked from the Webb Center to my dorm plenty of times ar night by myself though most times I'm with friends. If I ever have to go get something from maybe the library or something to eat on campus late at night I feel relatively safe walking there by myself if need be. There's also the Women's Center which is available to help victims of sexual assault if it does happen though there are no cases of sexual assault that I have heard of happening on campus. All of the ones I hear about happen off campus usually after or near a party going on off campus.

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At the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, there were a rash of muggings and violent crimes on Killam Street, and from time to time you still hear about someone getting robbed. Only one of these was a break-in, however, and though it is scary, that sort of thing is fairly uncommon. Muggings sometimes happen, but they generally happen late at night to students who are walking alone or are unaware of their surroundings. Though these things are always going to be uncontrollable to a degree, simple safety tips like walking in groups and being aware of their surroundings (i.e. not walking around loud and drunk) can really help in terms of insuring your safety.

Since then, however, ODU and Norfolk Police have been really proactive in protecting the campus, and the acting president holds periodic meetings to discuss and devise safety strategies with the campus community. Students who leave their GPS sitting out on their dashboard might come back to a broken window and no GPS, but at the same time, Nofolk is a city, and in any city setting it might be a good idea to just go ahead and throw the GPS in your glove compartment. Things like bikes and laptops are the most common things that come up missing, according to the ODU police department, but there are programs in place to at least track and identify your stuff if the crime can’t always be prevented. Again, though, if there are computer labs on campus, maybe it’s not such a good idea to walk around at night carrying a $1400 piece of equipment. And always remember to chain up your bicycle. Common sense can really go a long way toward protecting yourself and your property.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 30
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 5
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 7
Security Office
Old Dominion University Police Department
4516 Monarch Way
(757) 683-4000 (emergencies) (757) 683-4003 (non-emergencies)
www.odu.edu/af/police
Safety Services
  • Campus call-boxes
  • Crime Alerts
  • Emergency phones
  • Safety Lectures and Seminars
  • Shuttle/escort service
Health Center
Student Health Services
1007 Webb Center
(757) 683-3132
studentaffairs.odu.edu/healthservices
Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and substance abuse prevention programs
  • Allergy and flu shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Emergency contraception
  • Family planning classes
  • Gynecology clinic
  • HIV/AIDS prevention courses
  • On-site laboratory
  • Stress management
  • Vaccines
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
Studies have shown that the cleaner the city, the less susceptible it is to crime. Norfolk has followed up accordingly, instating several city clean-up projects. Many of them are on Old Dominion's main campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 194 responses

  • 21% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% None
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 144 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 193 responses

  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 44% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 10% Not very visible.
  • 4% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 246 responses

  • 12% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 44% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 6% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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